Dani was the Director of Cúirt International Festival of Literature Galway, from 2010 to 2016. While at the festival, she introduced an International Visitors Programme for industry guests such as editors, agents and publishers, launched an Outreach programme (Ar Chúirt) and added a new programme for young people: Cúirt Labs. She also produced three Creative Europe partnership projects during her directorship with partners in Slovenia, Italy and Croatia.
In the past two years Dani has worked on a number of projects including the multidisciplinary shows: Mirrors and After Love.
Mirrors was a commissioned by Words Ireland and featured at the International Literature Festival Dublin ( http://ilfdublin.com/) in May 2019. The show featured the work of Nicole Flattery (Abortion: A Love Story) and Jessica Traynor (The Quick) as well as dance, film, and holographic imagery. Dani is interested in literary formats that explore the relationship of different artforms in storytelling. Trailer for Mirrors: https://vimeo.com/395796564
A further developed version of Witches by Jessica Traynor will be on tour in 2020 and 2021: Witches Trailer: https://vimeo.com/375975542
After Love is a dance/film piece based on Dani’s debut poetry collection After Love (Salmon Poetry 2017). Working with dancer Stephanie Dufresne and film maker Laura Sheeran, the ensemble received Arts Council funding to explore dance and poetry in November 2018. The creative research was very successful and a full stage production is being planned for 2021. After Love short film: https://vimeo.com/395793123
After Love Creative Research: https://holyshow.ie/after-love
Dani co-curated an installation called Shipwrecked Dreams at Galway Arts Centre in November 2015.
Dani is the national Literary Audience Development Officer for Words Ireland (wordsireland.ie/) and works with six venues around the country supporting literary programming and touring initiatives.
As part of this work she has programmed two One Book projects, mixed discipline literary events, workshops, youth activities and thematic series of events such as the Voices series: https://www.backstage.ie/event/voices-3/
Dani curates Passion for Poetry, a project connecting poets with audiences through digital offerings, outreach events and workshops: Passion for Poetry YouTube Channel
Dani also manages the LIVE Network, a literary touring network comprising six venues nationally who work together to promote literature and grow literary audiences: LIVE Network YouTube Channel
Writers who visited the festival in her time included: Sharon Olds, Irvine Welsh, Seamus Heaney, Joshua Ferris, David Mitchell, Geoff Dyar, Evie Wyld, Jenny Offill, A.M. Homes, Sheila Heti, Miriam Toews, Natasha Trethewey and many more.
Cross Artform Collaborations
Witches by Jessica Traynor